Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is the oldest engineering discipline. The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) prepares graduates to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design and supervision of infrastructure components including: buildings, roads, bridges, dams, tunnels, mass transit systems, and airports. Civil engineers are also involved in environmental studies and the design and supervision of municipal water supplies and sewage systems.

The BSCE provides combined classroom and laboratory components and prepares students to work for local, state, and federal governments, as consultants, construction supervisors, city engineers, and public utility and transportation agencies. The program also prepares students for further studies at the graduate level should they decide to do so.

Program Objectives

The mission of the civil engineering program at Utah Valley University (UVU) is to provide a strong civil engineering foundation with a hands-on component to prepare professionally competent civil engineers of integrity who serve the engineering needs of the region and the globally interdependent community. Within three to five years of graduation, alumni of the program are expected to have:

  • Demonstrated their ability to perform civil engineering analysis to solve problems and to communicate technical information effectively in an engineering or a professional team environment.
  • Advanced professionally by given more responsibilities; or have successfully completed a graduate level degree.
  • continued their professional development through workshops; or earning professional licensure.
  • Served in their professional organizations and/or local communities.

Student Outcomes

The B.S. in Civil Engineering program uses the following ABET's (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Student Outcomes 1 through 7:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply both analysis and synthesis in the engineering design process, resulting in designs that meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to recognize the ongoing need for additional knowledge and locate, evaluate, integrate, and apply this knowledge appropriately.
  7. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.

In order to continually improve the curriculum, the civil engineering program at Utah Valley University, in collaboration with students, faculty, graduates, advisory board and employers, uses various assessment tools to measure achievement of student outcomes and program objectives.